The Cleveland Browns enter this season with high hopes for their new vertical offense, but the team will be without their top receiver for the first two games of the season. On Friday afternoon, reports surfaced that starting wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended two games for a violation of the NFL substance abuse policy. As a part of the punishment, he will also be fined four game checks.
Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com had the report:
BREAKING: #Browns WR Josh Gordon will be suspended 2 games and docked 4 games pay for NFL substance abuse violation. More to come!
— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) June 7, 2013
Gordon will not return until Monday, September 16. The games Gordon will miss are the Brown’s season-opener against Miami and against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore.
Unfortunately for the Browns, this news came as no surprise.
There were reports that the team was privately concerned about Brown off the field and now the news of the suspension has surfaced.
During his time at Baylor, Gordon was also suspended and ultimately chose to enter the NFL Supplemental Draft instead of finishing up his time in college. Now, he will start off his sophomore campaign with another suspension.